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Educational sector triumphs
Article from the Oman Observer on the success of Basic Education Reform.
The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education is responsible for education in the Sultanate of Oman.
Education reforms
Education reforms in Oman – a 2004 report published by the International Bureau of Education.
Skills around the World: Oman

Before 1970, only three formal schools existed in the whole country, with less than 1,000 students receiving education in them. Since Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, the government has given high priority to education to develop a domestic work force, which the government considers a vital factor in the country's economic and social progress.

Today there are 1,052 state schools and about 563,236 students. In 1986, Oman's first university, Sultan Qaboos University, opened. Other post secondary institutions include a law school, technical college, banking institute, teacher training college, and health sciences institute. Some 200 scholarships are awarded each year for study abroad.

Pre-university education

Pre-university education in Oman has three stages: primary, preparatory, and secondary. Six years of primary schooling are followed by three years of preparatory school. Academic results of the preparatory exams determine the three years of secondary education the student will receive.

Higher education reform

Nine private colleges exist, providing 2-year post secondary diplomas. Since 1999, the government has embarked on reforms in higher education designed to meet the needs of a growing population, only a small percentage of which are currently admitted to higher education institutions. Under the private university applied colleges reformed system, five public regional universities are created, and incentives are provided by the government to promote the upgrading of the existing nine private colleges and the creation of other degree-granting private colleges.

Education statistics

Adult literacy rate (% ages 15 and above) 2006 (83.7).
As of 2005, 76% of primary-school-age children were enrolled in school, while 75% of those eligible attended secondary school
Public expenditure on education (% of GDP), 2002-05 (3.6).
In 2001, there were 346 literacy centers and 214 adult education centres.
Six teacher training college are functioning at the moment with 9000 students.
The Institute of Agriculture at Nazwa became a full college by 1985.
Sultan Qaboos University opened in 1986 there are currently some 12.000 students at the University.
2006/2007 and 2007/2008 student and teacher statistics from the Ministry of Manpower in pdf format.

Useful links:

Oman Cultural Office (Washington D.C.)

Ministry of Information (Information for 2008-09)

2008 information for education from 'Social Development P1' to download in pdf format.

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